expression Definition

  • 1the process of making known one's thoughts or feelings
  • 2a look on someone's face that conveys a particular emotion
  • 3the manifestation of a gene or trait in a phenotype

Using expression: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "expression" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Her expression of joy was evident on her face.

  • Example

    He gave an expression of disbelief when he heard the news.

  • Example

    The gene for blue eyes is a recessive expression.

  • Example

    The artist's paintings are a unique expression of his creativity.

expression Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using expression

  • put/keep a leash on one's expressions

    to control one's emotions or reactions, especially in public


    She had to put a leash on her expressions during the meeting to avoid showing her frustration.

  • to express or communicate something through words, actions, or art


    The poet gave expression to her grief through her writing.

  • to be expressed or manifested in a particular way


    Her love for nature found expression in her landscape paintings.

Phrases with expression

  • an indication that one is interested in something, often used in job applications or business proposals


    Please submit your expression of interest by the end of the week.

  • an indication of one's condolences or compassion towards someone who has experienced loss or hardship


    I sent her an expression of sympathy after I heard about her father's passing.

  • an indication of one's romantic feelings towards another person


    He wrote her a heartfelt expression of love in a letter.

Origins of expression

from Latin 'expressio', meaning 'a pressing out'


Summary: expression in Brief

The term 'expression' [ɪkˈsprɛʃən] refers to the process of conveying thoughts or emotions, often through facial or verbal means. It can also refer to the manifestation of a gene or trait in a phenotype. Examples include 'Her expression of joy was evident on her face.' and 'The artist's paintings are a unique expression of his creativity.' Idioms like 'put/keep a leash on one's expressions' denote emotional control, while 'give expression to something' and 'find expression in something' describe the act of expressing oneself through words or art.

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